Biography of Wesley B. Haines
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WESLEY B. HAINES.
Wesley B. Haines, widely known in and about Porterville as a "community builder" and realty promoter and the present police judge of the city, is a native of the old Keystone state but has been a resident of the golden west since the days of his young manhood and his interests therefore for many years have been centered here in the coast country, with the general conditions of which he thus has become thoroughly familiar. He was born in the city of Williamsport, the county seat of the county of Lycoming, in central Pennsylvania, June 23, 1863, and was reared and schooled in that city. As a young man he was for some time engaged in farming in Maryland and then, in 1890, came west and engaged in farming and stock raising in Colorado, later locating at Colorado Springs, where he went into the wholesale bakery business.

In 1901 Mr. Haines moved from Colorado Springs to Portland, Oregon, and in the latter city became the proprietor of the Hotel Royal, a popular hostelry which he conducted until 1906, when he transferred his services to the great Charles K. Spaulding Lumber Company and was made head salesman for that concern's branch establishment in Salem, Oregon. In 1913 Mr. Haines left Salem and came to California, being attracted by the development work then going on at Long Beach in Los Angeles county, and in the latter city he set up as a promoter and building contractor, building houses for the realty market which then was on a "boom" there. For six or seven years Mr. Haines was thus engaged in business in Long Beach and then, in 1920, he transferred his activities to Porterville, where he since has made his home and where he has done well in his operations. Upon taking up his residence in Porterville, Mr. Haines bought a twenty acre tract of choice land on the edge of the city (southwest) and started in on his urban development project. Five acres of this tract he platted in town lots, creating there the popular Haines Subdivision, now one of the choice residential sections of the city, and when the new union high school project came on he sold five acres of his tract as a part of the grounds on which the magnificent new high school building was erected. The remaining ten acres of this tract he retained for his own uses, planting it to Thompson seedless grapes, and now has there a choice vineyard which has reached profitably productive proportions. Mr. Haines is widely recognized hereabout as a progressive and public spirited citizen and he has done much toward the proper development of the interests of the attractive city in which he has elected to make his home. On January 9, 1925, he was appointed judge of the city police court and is now serving in that important magisterial capacity.

On June 27, 1900, in Colorado, Wesley B. Haines was united in marriage to Miss Helen Colvin, who was born in Nebraska, and they have reared a family of eight children. Judge and Mrs. Haines are members of the First Christian church of Porterville and the Judge is a member of the official board of that congregation, as well as one of the leading members of the Loyal Men's Club, an effective organization of men formed for the extension of the services of the church body.

From:
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
and
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1926


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